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(not the kind that flutters down from Maple Trees though)

Group (AKC): Toy



Country of OriginChina
Type of coatFine, smooth, short and glossy
GroomingHe needs special care during hot humid weather because of the short nose. Do not leave out in the hot sun. Nails and teeth need weekly attention. Sheds a lot and needs brushing at least twice a week. Bath as necessary. Wash the eyes two to three times a week.
Average height10 - 11 inches
Average weight13 - 18 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Low, Outdoors - Low
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Low (not good at math)
TrainabilityResponds well to basic training but needs a gentle hand. He will be sensitive to your tone of voice so harsh punishment is unnecessary.
Compatibility with childrenYes, playful and loving
CharacterLoyal, affectionate, quiet and docile, vivacious and teasing
Ideal home environmentSuited to live in an apartment.
Ideal ownerAn owner of a Pug should be a patient leader who desires a small, loving dog as a companion.
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Additional notes:

The Pug is stubby and muscular ("stubby" is a funny word) with a wide chest, very strong front legs, and well-muscled hind legs. It received his name Pug from the Latin word that means "cleanched fist". To communicate with humans it makes a grunting nasal noise, somewhat like a pig (or pug). Why Pugs think humans can understand this language is anyone's guess. In more recent times, Pugs have hired professional translators for human communication. Pugs love to snuggle down at your feet and snore & be close to you (though unobtrusivly).

Short History:

The breed is said to have originated in China around 400 B.C. and it is possible it may be a scaled-down relative of the Tibetan Mastiff as it was once the the pet of Tibetan Monks. It was then taken to Holland during the 1500's by Prince William of Orange (who later became Prince William of Green, then Prince William of Blue, Prince William of Black, and finally William III of Britain). Yes, that was a Karate belt reference. Anyway, the breed was standardized in 1883 and the British Pug Dog Club was formed. American fanciers obtain most of their stock from England and they were accepted in 1885 by the AKC.

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